Controversial Bill Will Limit Casinos to 7 Counties
February 1, 2008
JACKSON, MS - The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill yesterday to limit
casinos to only those counties where casinos already exist. The bill will now be
sent it on for debate in the full Senate.
Under the current state law, casinos are allowed in the three coastal counties
and in counties along the Mississippi River. The new legislation would restrict
casinos to the coastal counties of Harrison and Hancock and the Mississippi
River counties of Adams, Coahoma, Tunica, Warren and Washington.
The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians are excluded from the legislation. The
tribe has been interested in building a casino resort near I-10 in Jackson
"To my knowledge, there's not been any great enthusiasm for any of those casinos
to come into those counties anyway," said committee chairman Senator Dean Kirby,
R-Pearl. "Evidently, the people of Mississippi feel like we have enough counties
The chief author of the bill is Sen. Lee Yancey, R-Brandon, who said "This has
been a concern for a lot of people who do not desire to see casinos come to
their part of the state. This basically clarifies the law and answers the
question of where exactly a casino can build. This limits the expansion to the
counties that currently exist. But this will help the casinos that are already
established by not allowing the market to be saturated, too."
Governor Haley Barbour is opposed to the expansion of gaming into counties that
do not want it.
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